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Bridgetown and its Garrison in Barbados Added to Prestigious UNESCO List

The historic Bridgetown and its Garrison have officially been added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site list. Tourists planning Barbados holidays will be able to visit the small district on the Caribbean island where examples of British colonial architecture can be seen.

Bridgetown and its Garrison in Barbados Added to Prestigious UNESCO List

Holidaymakers will have the chance to visit one of UNESCO’s latest additions after the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown, and its Garrison were officially included in the prestigious United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site list.

Tourists going on Barbados holidays and visiting Bridgetown will be able to see examples of British colonial architecture during a visit to the small town and the Garrison is home to a collection of historical buildings.

The Garrison area is located two miles from Heroes Square in Bridgetown and features a large horse-racing track and barracks for military staff. The Garrison was the headquarters for members of the British West Indies Regiment in Barbados during the 18th and 19th centuries and the area witnessed the official historical moment when the country’s power was transferred from British rule to Barbadian hands.

 Bridgetown and its Garrison in Barbados
Image by: worldtraveller5,on Flickr

Bridgetown and its Garrison were considered for UNESCO nomination after the Caribbean country became a signatory to the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage Convention in 2002.

UNESCO stated that Bridgetown and its garrison is “an outstanding example of British colonial architecture, offering a story which testifies to the spread of Great Britain’s Atlantic colonial empire.”

The UNESCO list includes world famous cultural and historical sites such as the Pyramids in Egypt, the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Great Wall of China.

Situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, north east of Venezuela, Barbados is an island nation that is rich in heritage, culture and breathtaking natural landscapes.

Tourists going on holidays to Barbados can enjoy the island’s unique white and pinkish coloured sandy beaches and calm turquoise ocean waters that are teeming with marine life such as colourful coral reefs, sea turtles, dolphins, sea horses, and tropical fish.

 Bridgetown and its Garrison in Barbados
Image by: worldtraveller5,on Flickr

During holidays in Barbados, visitors can take part in a wide range of exciting activities including sailing, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing.

Travellers can go on excursions to the island’s traditional markets and boutique shops; explore nature reserves including the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary; and step back in time in charming towns such as Holetown, Speightstown, and Bridgetown.

The Caribbean island boasts a range of accommodation, from inexpensive B&BS, to luxurious beachfront Barbados hotels.

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